To Nyaung Shwe

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Mon 4 Dec 2017 23:47
To Nyaung Shwe
 
 
 
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We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and lazed on our bed until midday checkout then headed past the Red House to the train station.
 
 
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Bear went to buy our tickets only to be told that the one fifteen would be at least two and a half hours late. We sat for a few minutes looking up and down the track whilst we had a think. Our supposedly pretty journey is the second half and by then it will be dark, let’s get the coach. Off we bimbled. A disappointed Bear, but we will have a train journey in a few days time.
 
 
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A yellow poinsettia for a change as we headed up through the market.
 
 
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The market was in full bustle and it took a bit of wiggling to get through. Fantastic fruit and veg, new brooms, I offered Bear a garden rake but to no avail. A glum boy and I made it to the coach stop knowing many pass through. A chirpy little taxi driver offered us a lift for a couple of dollars more than the fare, so off we went. Our new friend would drop us at our hotel instead of having to taxi from the bus station, a good deal then.
 
 
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Soon away from the town of Kalaw, out into the countryside and many hairpin bends.
 
 
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Our driver told us our destination was the other side of the mountains.
 
 
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Meanwhile, back to yet another hairpin.
 
 
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A new petrol station, being built virtually all by hand.
 
 
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The city of Heho, we will return here to the domestic airport in a few days time. 
 
 
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We left Heho and saw a very happy petrol station.
 
 
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Road widening team. Stones sized by hand and the crew has as many women as men.
 
 
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Pouring tar by hand. The workers digs by the side of the road.
 
 
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The temporary gravel yard and men checking the roadside generator.
 
 
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A little top heavy minibus.............
 
 
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A lorry shed his back wheels at the rail crossing. The rail we should have used. Oh dear, it may be a long evening. We left the main road that goes all the way to Thailand. We passed huge fields of sugar cane, a massive processing factory and then reached the edge of Lake Inle or Inlay.
 
 
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Bear heard our driver say “Tick monastery”. Took me a while but I worked it out – teak monastery.
 
 
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Ten minutes later we were looking left over the bridge and right to the town of Nyaung Shwe (said Nung Shway).
 
 
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Sixty kilometres later, we were dropped at our digs and Bear complained about being a plus one. I think it is going to be a very long evening but chirped that it could be worse – he could be called Bong. Ooops, time to get into the lift. Beds was happy with his new bed.
 
 
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The views from our room left and right, show quite a big town that has grown with the tourist industry.
 
 
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Can I get a little smile from the disappointed boy........Well I got a chuckle when he read that we “make a blink request” as he read the hotel information booklet. I know, cocktail on the roof after supper will put him right.
 
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL TIME FOR A BIMBLE
                     AN EVENTFUL JOURNEY